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> Tour the AIS: With an elite athlete as your guide you can discover
where Australia’s sporting champions live and train.
> Challenge yourself in Spor tex: Our interactive spor ts exhibition is fun
for the whole family. Find out how you measure up against some of
Australia’s sporting elite. Are you Australia’s next sporting champion?
> Holiday program at the AIS: Great fun that includes sports, games,
crafts, and more. Enjoy hassle-free holidays. Half-day, full-day
or weekly programs available.
Tours depart daily at 10.00am, 11.30am, 1 .00pm and
2.30pm. Tour costs apply.
Holiday programs are suitable for 5–13 year olds. Various dates
available in April. Bookings essential. Costs apply.
Tel: (02) 6214 1010 (Tours)
Tel: (02) 6214 1264 (Holiday program)
Email: aistours@auspor t.gov.au
Discover the champion within!
COME AND SEE WHERE SPORTING CHAMPIONS ARE MADE
Discover Australia’s sporting powerhouse — the Australian Institute of Sport
The Australian Institute of Spor t is a division of the Australian Spor ts Commission.
Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin will be a perfect
storm of colour, culture and sport at the 2011
australian dragon Boat Championships.
By aNdreW JOHNStON
This year, Ms Edwards will be just one
of Canberra’s 1000-strong dragon boat
community, every one of whom has had
extra incentive to drag themselves out of
bed long before sunrise breaks over the
From March 31 to April 3, they will
battle it out with more than 2000 interstate
and international competitors in a bid to
bring the titles of club, state and national
champion home to Canberra.
Held over four days of intense
competition, the 2011 Australian Dragon
Boat Championships will feature teams
from every state and territory as well as
President of the Australian Dragon
Boat Federation Kel Watt said the
championships would be one of the most
spectacular sporting events ever held in the
“It’s absolutely brilliant to be hosting,
when we were awarded the championships
we really wanted to present a genuine
Canberra experience,” he said.
“Racing on the central basin in the
shadow of the national institutions lining
the lake, it’s certainly going to provide a
wonderful show for visitors.
“We really want people to come down
and enjoy the spirit of the event; there’s
going to be lots of colour and noise both
offshore and on the water so it’s going to be
It may come as a surprise to locals that
Canberra’s dragon boat fraternity has been
doing the city proud for years and boasts
one of the most highly regarded state or
territory teams in Australia.
Leading the charge will be paddlers from
the Ice Dragons, Canberra’s largest and
most successful dragon boat club.
The club hopes to field no less than six
teams at this year’s event; no small feat
considering each boat requires a crew of 20.
And after taking silver in the club
competition at last year’s national
championships, the current Ice Dragons
squad is determined to go one better on
Australian Dragon Boat
Where: Lake Burley Griffin
When: March 30 – April 3
FIerCe COMPetItOrS: the australian
National dragon Boat Championships
will feature teams from every state
and territory as well as New Zealand.
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